Daily NHL Playoffs Results: Rangers Series, Flames on the verge of disqualification

Daily NHL Playoffs Results: Rangers Series, Flames on the verge of disqualification

Fourth game: Notice 4, Tornadoes 1 | 2-2 . tied series

Who was the man? Look, it would be so easy – and exact – just to give this to Igor Shesterkin for the umpteenth time in this post-season. The Rangers goalkeeper was fantastic again, making 30 saves. But this was not a goalkeeper win for a change. Rangers were the better team from top to bottom. Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren played great matches, but let’s give a little love to Andrew Cope. Possession of the trading deadline in New York appears to be based on the playoffs, and he was excellent in Game 4, with a goal and two assists, xGF with 73.54 percent and a game score of 3.31.

What was the key? Hurricanes are still unable to score. They have defeated Shesterkin only once in each of the past three matches. The power game is still a mess, and now 0 vs 12 returns to Game 7 against Boston, and it seems Shesterkin is in their heads. Rod Brendamore said after the game that it was starting to feel like last season’s Tampa Bay series, when Andrei Vasilevsky scored a one- or two-goal mark in three of Lightning’s four wins. This is a bad sign. When the Rangers scored two quick goals after Jacob Tropa’s strike on Max Dome, it looked like an absolutely unbeatable lead.

Basic stats: Until this changes, it will always be the base case. Hurricanes 6-0 at home in the postseason and 0-5 on the road.

moment ended: Ante Ranta was great in the playoffs. It was as big a reason as any that the Hurricanes beat Boston and went 2-0 up in the Rangers series. But Mika Zibanijad’s goal late in the second half on Tuesday night will surely test his relentlessly optimistic mentality. It looked as if Ranta had swallowed Ryan Lindgren’s shot out of the hole, but the disc slammed through it, leaving Zibanegad an easy entry point. Barely two minutes ago, Martin Nicas had an open net to shoot but he missed badly, on the far side. That swing was the match, because while a 2-0 deficit against Shesterkin is daunting, a 3-0 deficit is pretty hopeless.

Match moment: The blow that Troba hit on Domi at 11:38 in the first period looked worse than it did – Domi was falling, which is largely why he grabbed Tropa’s elbow on the side of his head. But it looked bad, and Stephen Lorentz immediately jumped to defend Domi. And as Brind’Amour said afterwards, you love seeing a guy standing next to his teammate, but you don’t like him taking an unnecessary penalty. And that was easy, as you’ll see. Frank Vatrano scored in the power match that followed, and Fox scored two minutes later to give Rangers all the momentum – and goals – they needed.

Hurricanes worry meter: πŸ₯΄πŸ₯΄πŸ₯΄πŸ₯΄…Yes, they were the better team in three matches out of four. And yes, they beat the Bruins without a win on the road, so they know their lost 2-0 advantage isn’t the end of the world. But you can’t win if you can’t score. And they can’t register. This is… disturbing.

Rangers concern meter: πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ… They started playing with a little bragging. It’s not just about Schsterkin anymore.

– Mark Lazeros

Fourth game: oiled 5, flame 3 | Edmonton leads 3-1

Who was the man? In a game that saw every goalkeeper concede at least one stunning goal, Ryan Nugent Hopkins saved the day for the Oilers. He scored the first of those wild goals by fouling Jacob Markstrom 21 seconds into the game and burying it to give the Oilers an early lead. But more importantly, he saved Edmonton when it was Mike Smith’s turn to make a huge mistake, which turned out to leave a near-icy short-range target from Calgary Rasmus Anderson. This goal was the last scores of Calgary’s comeback with three goals to tie the score. Losing on a night that started with so many promises, on the ice at home no less, would have been a devastating defeat for the Oilers. But less than six minutes after a stunning equalizer, Nugent Hopkins recovered the rebound and passed Markstrom to reclaim the lead – and in the end, won the match.

What was the key? Edmonton left the first half with less than a third of shot attempts in all situations (28.26 percent, according to Natural Stat Trick) but led 3-0. The possession number is a bit misleading in this case because Oilers’ shot Quality The numbers were slightly better than Calgary’s. But exiting the top spot by a wide margin despite his superiority gave Edmonton an important cushion for the better part of the next two periods. Goals at the beginning and end of periods are fatal, and Edmonton got both in the first.

Basic stats: 132 feet – That’s the length of Anderson’s goal. You simply never see this.

moment ended: With less than three minutes to go, right after Nogent Hopkins’ green goal, Anderson fired a hard-fought secondary double that ended Flames’ hopes. Of course, Anderson’s goal from the defensive zone minutes before that was a testament to anything that could happen in this series. But trying to get back while the guy is going down is rarely a recipe for success, and the Oilers certainly took care of working with an empty net to shut it down.

Match moment: It must be one of the goalkeeper’s slips. I’ve already seen Andersson’s clip, so this is the Markstrom flub:

Flame Anxiety Gauge: 🀯🀯🀯🀯🀯 …they’re heading home for Game 5, but they’re on the verge of elimination with a goalkeeper who seems inexplicably shaky. Oh, and they’re still facing the best player in the world.

oiler worry meter: πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ…Look, they have a 3-1 lead, that must be a reason for the smiling cowboy. But no one who has seen Flames’ third goal can honestly tell me that Edmonton’s house is free yet. Not in this series.

– Max Bultmann

three stars

On tap for Wednesday

β€’ The Blues at Avalanche, 8pm ET. Lead avalanche 3-1.

(Photo: Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

2022-05-25 05:38:54

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